Dear Whitfield families, friends, students and alumni,
Spring Break has flown by, and the race to summer has started. Teachers and students appear energized and ready for the action-packed weeks between now and graduation.
The generous nature of Whitfield students and faculty never ceases to amaze me. I applaud the students and teachers who spent much of their break traveling as a Whitfield School group to Poland on a service-learning trip. I have enjoyed hearing many wonderful stories about how rewarding and meaningful the experience was for everyone involved.
There are many other exciting events on the horizon. If you remember, the school year traditionally begins with a morning assembly in August introducing our seniors to the School. On April 13, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., we will hold our annual Senior Assembly, where these same, soon-to-be-graduates will again address the student body, explaining their plans for the upcoming Senior Quest program, as well as decisions they may have made about their college choices.
Quest is our capstone experience for seniors. From mid-April through late May, they complete internships at area businesses, non-profits, schools, hospitals and a variety of other organizations. For some seniors, Quest provides an early hands-on glimpse into their anticipated career paths. Others delve into areas of non-career related interest for personal enrichment or simply for the adventure of exploring the “road less traveled.”
Whitfield's Family Day is Thursday, April 19, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Future Whitfield Warriors, ages 3 - 13, are invited to visit our campus for a fun afternoon of activities. This event is for siblings of current students and other young friends of Whitfield families.
We will hold our second annual school-wide day of service, Whitfield In Action (WIA), on April 21. More than 250 Whitfield families, faculty, staff and friends will give of their time and talent at St. Louis area non-profits. It is a great experience for our kids and an opportunity for St. Louis to see the power of the Whitfield community.
This year’s spring musical, “Meet Me In St. Louis,” is in production and opens on Thursday, April 26 and runs through Sunday, April 29. The students have been working diligently, and I am looking forward to another spectacular show from these talented kids. Finishing our performing arts programs for the year, be certain to check your May calendar for the spring music concerts highlighting our school’s bands and choirs.
If you like to enjoy delicious food, good music, great company, and bidding on amazing items and experiences, then look no further than our annual Montage auction which will be held on Cinco de Mayo (May 5). This is Whitfield’s largest single-day fundraising event, and the dollars raised that evening will bring us closer to our $1,000,000 goal for Annual Fund. Montage is a great party, and I hope to see you there!
Always looking toward the future, Whitfield’s leadership team is already thinking about next school year. We are excited about the new plans that will roll out in the fall, and I hope that all of our returning families are eager to see what we have in store. We are also pleased to have recently offered first-time enrollment contracts to many fantastic students from across St. Louis. The families of these prospective students are making their final enrollment decisions soon. If you personally know a prospective Whitfield family, feel free to reach out and welcome them to our incredible community.
I find it hard to believe that we will be watching our seniors graduate just seven short weeks from now. The year has flown by, and all the young men and women who are walking our hallways today have changed and grown throughout the year. My admiration and fondness for the students and families of Whitfield School has grown along with them. Let’s have a fantastic end to our school year! I look forward to seeing you soon.
Ruth E. Greathouse